Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant setting during warm days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We discuss advice from energy specialists so you can choose the best temperature for your family.

Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Tuscaloosa.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outside temps, your electrical expenses will be bigger.

These are our suggestions based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds warm, there are methods you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—within your home. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide more insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm on the surface, try running an experiment for a week or so. Begin by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively decrease it while using the tips above. You might be shocked at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner running all day while your residence is empty. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and usually leads to a bigger AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temperature controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a handy remedy, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We suggest using a similar test over a week, putting your temp higher and steadily lowering it to choose the best setting for your house. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better idea than operating the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra approaches you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping energy
  2. expenses low.
  3. Set regular air conditioning tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running properly and may help it run more efficiently. It might also help prolong its life expectancy, since it enables technicians to find small issues before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too much, and drive up your utility
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart over time can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort troubles in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with KDM Service Corporation

If you need to save more energy during hot weather, our KDM Service Corporation experts can assist you. Get in touch with us at 205-208-8090 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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